Joe Biden nominated a new DEA director and an anti-drug diplomacy chief who was impeached by Nicolás Maduro

Todd Robinson and Anne Milgram

US President Joe Biden appointed a new director of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Monday and appointed a diplomat, an expert in Central America, to head the Department of Narcotics and Security.

Biden chose Anne Milgram as director of the DEA, a former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey; Y as a narcotics officer in the State Department to Todd Robinson, who was the US Ambassador to Guatemala and accused Chargé d’Affaires in Venezuela, from where he was exiled by President Nicolás Maduro.

Both positions confirmation by the Senate is required, which has not given the green light to a candidate to lead the DEA since the administration of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

The DEA, a Justice Department agency dealing with drug trafficking within and outside the United States, has been led on an interim basis by Uttam Dhillon, appointed by the administration of former President Donald Trump, since 2018.

Milgram, the one chosen by Biden to replace him, has led investigations throughout her career as a federal prosecutor, including human trafficking, drug trafficking, street gangs, organized crime and corruption., in addition to being New Jersey’s attorney general between 2007 and 2010, the White House said in a statement.

Anne Milgram
Anne Milgram

Milgram is currently a professor at New York University School of Law, where she heads the Criminal Justice Laboratory, which promotes alternatives to incarceration for people suffering from mental health or substance abuse problems.

“There is no system more outdated or broken and more problematic than the criminal justice system (of the United States),” Milgram said in an interview with the MarketWatch website in 2019.

To Robinson, nominated by Biden as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is a career diplomat who already has experience in that office., on which he worked during Obama’s tenure.

Robinson speaks Spanish and is known in Latin America for being one ambassador to Guatemala from 2014 to 2017In addition to Accused Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, from where he was expelled by Maduro in May 2018

Todd Robinson, former Chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy in Caracas
Todd Robinson, former Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Caracas

The Chavista leader then accused Robinson, who led the American legation, of participating in a military, economic, and political conspiracy.Something Washington called false.

Robinson then became the head of Central America at the State Department and was also appointed as a diplomat in El Salvador, Colombia, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Spain, among others.

Biden has also been nominated for this Monday Eight other officers, including Marcela Escobari as the new Head of Latin America and the Caribbean at the United States Agency for Development (USAID). Escobari held the same position during Obama’s tenure, working on the Paz Colombia program and a development plan for Haiti, preparing a proactive strategy in the face of the humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela, the White House said. .

In addition, Biden chose as National Director of Cybernetics intelligence expert Chris Inglis; Christine E. Wormuth As Secretary of the United States Army, one of the uniformed branches of the Pentagon; and former Latino Congressman Gil Cisneros as Undersecretary of Defense for personnel and preparation issues.

(With information from EFE)


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